Anthem to dole out $20 billion in premium credits; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan sued for illegally raising rates;

> After the Colorado Department of Insurance investigated complaints about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield rate increases, Anthem agreed to give a premium credit totaling $20 billion to about 90,000 individual healthcare policy holders in the state, National Underwriter reports. Article

> Michigan's attorney general office sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for illegally raising rates on customers who buy insurance coverage to supplement Medicare, Associated Press reports. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Southcoast Health System have been in talks for seven months, but are still deadlocked over reimbursement rates, SouthCoastToday.com reports. The president-elect of the Southcoast Health System said the sides were tens of millions of dollars apart. Article

> Harvard Pilgrim Health Care ranked No. 1 as the nation's top private health plan on the National Committee for Quality Assurance's annual ranking of insurers. Press release

> Florida's attorney general office is investigating 18 Florida hospitals for overbilling Medicaid for ER services, CBS4 reports. Article

And finally ... Until the final blow, life can be soft at the top of the food chain. Article

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